TOKYO -- Nissan's edgy new IMx crossover concept delivers a vision of the carmaker's 2020 technology game plan while ticking all the boxes for what's hot and trending.
Utility vehicle packaging with four-wheel drive? Check. Zero emissions? Check. Autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and on-the-go connectivity? Check, check and check.
And, to boot, the all-electric crossover, unveiled Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show, might just accelerate faster than a Nissan GT-R.
The design looks futuristic, with its chiseled face and plethora of slits. But executives say it previews a host of technologies Nissan Motor Co. aims to bring to market starting around 2020.
The electrified drivetrain technologies will arrive around then, while the advanced autonomous driving features come two year later, around 2022, executives said.
The IM in its name comes from Intelligent Mobility, the current Nissan buzzword for bundling electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving. The x stands for crossover.
"This is not a dream concept car," said Taisuke Nakamura, the vehicle's program design director. "This is something that can be realized in the near future."
The concept tantalizes on two fronts where Nissan's flagship Leaf electric hatchback falls short. The first is range, with the IMx envisioning much better performance than the just-released second-generation Leaf. The second is serving up something in the red-hot utility segment, where consumers increasingly hanker for electrified options.